Heritage Grocers Group announced the promotion of Eric Stover to the position of Division Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cardenas Markets.
In this position, Stover will continue to report directly to Doug Sanders, Chairman and CEO for Heritage Grocers Group (HGG), the parent company of Cardenas Markets, stated HGG in a press release.
“Eric’s promotion to Division CEO supports the company’s strategy and overall growth plan. Serving as Chief Merchandising Officer for Cardenas since 2020, he led multiple successful initiatives focused on meeting and expanding our customer’s evolving food preferences while optimizing their shopping experiences, both in-store and online,” Sanders said. “Eric is a strong leader with extensive experience and vision, and I am confident that he will do an excellent job leading the exceptional team at Cardenas Markets,” Sanders added.
As Stover assumes the role of CEO for Cardenas Markets, Sanders will allocate more of his time to executing the company’s expansion strategy across the entire HGG portfolio of companies.
Stover joined Cardenas Markets in March of 2020, bringing more than 35 years of food industry experience to his most recent position of Chief Merchandising Officer.
Prior to joining Cardenas Markets, Stover held leadership roles in merchandising and operations for several food retailers, including Wild Oats, Henry’s Farmers Market, and Sprouts Farmers Market. He also held senior roles with wholesale and distribution companies, including United Natural Foods (UNFI) and KeHE Distributors.
Stover studied Business Administration and Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves on the board of directors for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) and sits on the Food Industry Round Table for Olive Crest.
Heritage Grocers Group is a specialty ethnic food retailer headquartered in Ontario, California. Currently operates in 4 states: California, Nevada, Arizona, and Illinois, with a total of 57 stores under the Cardenas Markets banner, 20 stores under the Tony’s Fresh Market banner, and seven stores under the Los Altos Ranch Market banner.